Surfboards stacked in the grass near the beach at Amigas Surf Retreat in Nicaragua.

The Best Surf Spots in Nicaragua

The secret is out: Nicaragua is the new frontier for world-class waves. Most surfers head straight to San Juan del Sur; there are plenty of breaks to explore up and down the Pacific coastline. To catch the best breaks from beginner to expert, here’s where to go.

Playa Santa Domingo. Photo © Elizabeth Perkins.

Planning Your Time: La Isla de Ometepe

Isla de Ometepe is an alluring destination for travelers, with its sandy beaches, swimming holes, hiking trails, and, of course, two breathtaking volcanoes: one hot, one cold, Meanwhile on the coast, the mood in San Juan del Sur is low-key and fun.

Reserva Charco Verde. Photo © Elizabeth Perkins.

Where to Go in Nicaragua

Unless you have a few weeks to dedicate to your travels, it’s impossible to see everything Nicaragua has to offer–even then, you’d have a tight schedule. The best way to tackle the country is to learn about each region, then plan according to your interests and favorite activities. From vibrant nightlife to exploring history to outdoor adventures, Nicaragua won’t disappoint.

Moon Nicaragua, 6th ed.

Moon Nicaragua

This full-color guide to Nicaragua includes vibrant photos and maps to help with trip planning. Nicaragua expert Elizabeth Perkins teaches travelers how to best experience the wonders of this Central American destination, from hanging out on the Pacific beaches of San Juan del Sur and shopping for crafts in Masaya to partaking in the ever-evolving […]

moon granada & dan juan del sur cover featuring a cathedral

Moon Spotlight Granada & San Juan del Sur

Moon Spotlight Granada & San Juan del Sur is a 101-page compact guide that combines Nicaragua’s best culture and history with outdoor recreation. Nicaragua expert Amber Dobrzensky offers her firsthand advice on must-see attractions, as well as maps with sightseeing highlights, so you can make the most of your time. This lightweight guide is packed […]

The tops of wreckage emerge from the turquoise water at Nicaragua's Corn Islands.

Diving & Snorkeling in Nicaragua

Despite Nicaragua’s gorgeous shorelines, diving is a pastime only beginning to be developed, with only three shops in the whole country: one in San Juan del Sur and one on each of the Corn Islands. For those interested in snorkeling, it is best off the Corn Islands and some of the Pearl Cays.